basement wall masonry anchors

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Old 05-19-17, 07:28 AM
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basement wall masonry anchors

Sorry if this post is duplicate, I could swear I posted this couple days ago but it is not showing up....

Looking to hang a couple small light weight shelves on basement wall for internet router, network switch, etc. Home (built in 2001) builders attached 2x4s to concrete in several places for electrical box, telephone/cable switching box, etc. None of these have enough space for me to mount the shelf. Also the sump and sewage pits are right below, so free standing shelf won't work. I considered hanging 2x4s above from floor joists, but they run parallel to wall in this location.

So what are the best, easiest to use concrete/masonry anchors? I plan to mount couple 2x4s vertically then attach shelves to 2x4. I have some concerns...

-I don't want to cause leaks or cracks

-I don't have a hammer drill (and have survived without one for so long, don't want to buy one just for this one project)

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Old 05-19-17, 07:38 AM
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If you don't have a hammer drill, forget attaching to the concrete.

You can place 2x4 blocking perpendicular to the joists, then you can drop a support down the wall on each side for your shelf. Or just lay a 2x12 flat between joists and set your stuff up there.
 
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I got a 1/2" hammer drill at Menards once for $20. No reason not to have the right tool for the job. You probably have a neighbor who can loan you one if you still refuse to buy one.
 
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Old 05-19-17, 08:41 AM
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IMOP if you don't need holes in a basement wall or floor then no need to do so if there is a reasonable alternative.

AS XS stated, a couple of boards across the joist then just hang, or go to the floor, and you are done.

You do not have anything with enough weight to be concerned with so you don't need anything structural.
 
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Thanks for the responses, I'll see if I can work something out in the joists as you mentioned. Agree that I don't want to drill into basement walls unless I have to. Also I see that HFT has a $22 hammer drill and I have 20% coupon sitting in my truck...
 
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Yeah, no problem avoiding drilling in the first place but if you have to, go get that drill. For you and me, something like that is probably going to last a lifetime since we'll use it so seldom.
 
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